Motorcycle theft continues to drop in pandemic

Motor vehicle theft in Australia is now at its lowest figure since the start of the millennium thanks to the pandemic lockdowns.

The biggest decline has been in motorcycle theft which is down 16.8% over the same time last year and 7.1% from four years ago.

While the National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council recognises that thefts have dropped wth thew lockdowns in most eastern states, the biggest drop in motorcycle thefts in the past year has been in Western Australia where there have been the least number of lockdowns.

WA recorded a 28.7% drop in thefts from a national high of 2167 to 1545 which s behind NSW (1916), Victoria (1910) and Queensland (1686).

Surely riders should now be contacting their insurance provider and asking for a reduced premium.

Australian motorcycle thefts

State or Territory
2019
2020

% change

Thefts

% of thefts

Thefts

% of thefts

ACT
126
1.3
92
1.1
-27.0%

NSW
2,142
22.1
1,916
23.8
-10.6%

NT
97
1.0
61
0.8
-37.1%

QLD
2,010
20.8
1,686
20.9
-16.1%

SA
824
8.5
697
8.7
-15.4%

TAS
192
2.0
148
1.8
-22.9%

VIC
2,122
21.9
1,910
23.7
-10.0%

WA
2,167
22.4
1,545
19.2
-28.7%

AUS
9,680
100.0
8,055
100.0
-16.8%

While it is worth challenging your insurance premium at your next renewal, residents of South East Queensland and the Perth region may have some difficulty supporting their request.

Although these local government authorities are experiencing substantial motorcycle theft reductions, they still feature high in the top 10 LGAs for motorcycle theft.

State or Territory
LGA
2019
2020
% change

QLD
Brisbane (City)
526
511
-2.9% 

QLD
Gold Coast (City)
283
229
-19.1% 

VIC
Melbourne (City)
250
210
-16.0% 

QLD
Moreton Bay (Regional Council)
184
143
-22.3% 

NSW
Sydney (City)
149
131
-12.1% 

NSW
Newcastle (City)
130
125
-3.8% 

QLD
Logan (City)
200
122
-39.0% 

NSW
Blacktown (City)
120
111
-7.5% 

VIC
Moreland (City)
107
109
1.9% 

WA
Cockburn (City)
171
103
-39.8% 

Thieves are mainly targeting scooters and small dirt bikes which are easier to steal and repurpose.

More than a quarter of all motorcycles stolen are under 500cc.

The list of brands being stolen also reflects the popularity of those brands, although scooter brands feature much higher than their presence on our roads.

Top motorcycle theft targets, 2020

Make
2019
2020

Honda
2,107
1,697

Yamaha
1,667
1,408

Suzuki
868
759

Kawasaki
929
724

KTM
638
567

SYM
352
307

Kymco
244
233

Piaggio
202
200

Harley Davidson
213
161

Husqvarna
159
155

Triumph
197
137

Longjia
150
121

Hyosung
164
113

Vespa
78
90

BMW
91
86

Ducati
106
84

Aprilia
99
79

TGB
87
62

CFMoto
56
61

Vmoto
58
54

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